Painted Buffalo Skull Buffalo Art Original Acrylic Painting South Dakota Buffalo painting American Bison Art skull Decor by Nicole Heitzman

Painted Buffalo Skull Buffalo Art Original Acrylic Painting South Dakota Buffalo painting American Bison Art skull Decor by Nicole Heitzman


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SPECIAL ORDER ITEM: Each authentic South Dakota buffalo skull is a hand-painted original piece by Nicole Heitzman. The medium used is Acrylic & is sealed with a protective finish. (This is a sample of what she has painted). Nicole will paint the same scene shown in the images. Please inquire about changes in the painting. Different scenes vary in price. Please request an estimate from Nicole if you are interested in a custom painted design or if you would simply like a plain buffalo skull with no painting.

Bison have roamed the plains of South Dakota for many years & have been considered to be a staple of life.

Among Native American tribes, especially the Plains Indians, the bison is considered a sacred animal and religious symbol. According to University of Montana anthropology and Native American studies professor S. Neyooxet Greymorning, "The creation stories of where buffalo came from put them in a very spiritual place among many tribes. The buffalo crossed many different areas and functions, and it was utilized in many ways. It was used in ceremonies, as well as to make tipi covers that provided homes for people, utensils, shields, weapons and parts were used for sewing with the sinew." (Source:

Each painted skull has unique characteristics. The size of each buffalo skull varies, but is somewhere in the range of 20"-25" wide at the horns, 20"- 22" tall at the white part of skull from the top of the head to tip of nose, 10"-11" wide to the outside of the eye sockets & about by 8"-9" thick.

The color shown on the screen may vary from the actual painted buffalo skull.

Each skull varies in characteristics. Each hand-painted skull is available as supplies are attainable.


All payments must be made before items are shipped or picked up. Tax is included where necessary.

Shipping from United States

USPS is the primary service used for this shop. Please be sure to include a PO Box Number if that is how your address is registered with USPS. Shipping is based on size, weight & packing methods. If you should need items combined for shipping or adjusted to receive an item by a certain deadline, please contact Nicole for available options. For questions, contact Nicole via Etsy's link to “Contact Shop Owner", “Message NicoleHeitzmanArtandPhotography”,“Conversations" or the "Request a special order" button.

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Returns and exchange details

Due to the nature that many items are custom order there will be no refunds on those purchases. It is not possible to resell most custom items. Refunds are only made if the artist deems it necessary.